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Jerry's up for the challenge, are you?

by Bill Corcoran

When I started the Graniteman Triathlon in Central Minnesota 10 years ago, I never dreamed that it would lead to managing an event like Iceman. Patterned after our summer Mudman Race, the Iceman Run, at Daytona Golf Club in Dayton, MN, is a perfect mix of wintery obstacles and hard core trail running. Daytona Golf Club is on the north side of the Twin Cities and has a huge indoor area to keep warm before and after the race.

2012 Photo of the Year...

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This great John Pischke shot of Angie Hop could be entitled "Inner Dialogue." It's about that moment in a race when you come apart, one chunk of you insisting that you must stop, the other telling you to keep pushing, to finish, to stay whole....

21st Century Renaissance Man Do-Do...

mikey(Photo - Mikey Payne chowing down on dad's homemade thin-crust pizza, not that deep-dish Chicago-style crap.)

Cooking with Matt

By Matt Payne
(http://www.matthew-payne.blogspot.com)

Alright... my first ever off-season update. When I started this blog I had every intention of posting regular updates on a wide variety of topics, yet here I sit 2+ years later and every single post is a race report. So how can I go on calling this The Most Interesting Man in Columbia Heights? Well...

I pretty much am that one-dimensional and boring. Now I could do the standard training update you routinely see on your typical triathlon-focused blog, but that would be even more boring and repetitive than an endless stream of very-much-identical race reports. It's December. I'm swimming a lot. We'll leave it at that....

More 2012 Phab Photos...

chrisGLOW-BASKING - Chris Sachs (L) is not a glass-half-full kind of guy. He's more than that. He's one of those life-lovers whose cup always seems to be runnething over.

In this photo, which is one of our all-time faves, he is basking in the glow of a victory (One Last Tri), his body overrun by marauding endorphins; his total being swaddled in contentment. But this pic could have been taken at New Bri, where his final result wasn't something to, as they say, write home about. After that race he still did his share of glow-basking and celebrating, though. Chris understands that there is ALWAYS something to celebrate. At New Bri he celebrated the performances of others, and the weather, which was awesome, and the knowledge that he and 400 others had just done something that was totally good and cool.

People who are not like Chris should strive to be more like him....

Phavorite Photos of 2012...

bethWe recently looked back at all the photos and artwork that was posted on MTN in 2012. More than 1000 images. All good stuff. It reminded us of how blessed we are here in Minnesota to have talented guys like Kerry (Yndestad) and Nick (Morales) and Paul (Phillips) and Steve (Stenzel), among others, allowing us to use their shots.

Certain pics really jumped off the cyber page at us, shots that touch us in special ways. For instance, we posted a photo of Beth Guck playing the viola (photo L), which is kinda like a pregnant violin with a string missing. Most folks would say it's a cool shot, but not necessarily extraordinary. We would disagree for a zillion reasons. We LOVE this shot because we love Beth. She's a HOOT! We also like to see her with her hair down. This girl's got major hair.

We also love the fact that the pic is shot in black and white, which reeks of artsy-fartsy-iosity. But most of all, we love the shot because it depicts a triathlete excelling at non-triathletic stuff. Beth is an elite AGer, who probably should have been nominated for Grand Master of the Year in 2012, who is also a world class musician and teacher. We're proud to know her and this pic clearly reminds us of that....

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